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In re Brown: Replacement Value Applies Even When Debtor Surrenders Property

The recent Eleventh Circuit case of In re Brown, 746 F.3d 1236 (2014) held that 11 U.S.C. § 506(a)(2)'s replacement value standard applies even when a Chapter 7 or 13 debtor surrenders collateral under 11 U.S.C. §...more

Third Circuit Holds Debtors Need Not Dispute Debt Before Filing Suit Under FDCPA

In McLaughlin v. Phelan Hallinan & Schmeig, LLP, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently held that debtors are not required to notify a debt collector in writing regarding a disputed debt as a...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court’s Decision in Associated Bank N.A. v. Collier Changes the Rules for Collecting Judgments

In Wisconsin, supplemental proceedings under Wis. Stat. ch. 816 are the principal tool by which a judgment creditor can discover assets of the judgment debtor in aid of collection. But for the last 15 years, they have also...more

Pennsylvania Provides For Licensing, Regulation Of Debt Settlement Providers

On July 9, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed SB 622, which directs the Department of Banking and Securities to establish licensing requirements, including fees, for providers of debt settlement services. Such a license...more

Should I Appeal My Debt Collection Judgment?

Even though I think most debt collection lawsuits brought by junk debt buyers are just that – junk, there are many factors that can lead to judgment being entered against you and in favor of the debt buyer. After the initial...more

MN Supreme Court: Creditors May Void Fraudulent Transfers of Assets in Uncontested Divorces

On July 9, 2014, in Citizens State Bank Norwood Young America v. Gordon Brown, et al., the Minnesota Supreme Court held that Minnesota's Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act ("MUFTA") may be applied to transfers of assets made as...more

Lender Beware: Ensure Plan Releases are Limited to Debtor’s Obligations

A creditor who settles with a debtor during a bankruptcy case must be sure to continue following the case during the plan stage, or risk the plan affecting the creditor’s rights against third parties. Iberiabank learned that...more

Inadvertence May Be Unavailing, Says the Fifth Circuit on Judicial Estoppel

The Fifth Circuit became the second United States Court of Appeals to establish a three prong test for determining whether a bankrupt debtor should be judicially estopped from pursuing a cause of action that she failed to...more

Corporate Recovery and Insolvency in Bermuda

1 Issues Arising When a Company is in Financial Difficulties - 1.1 How does a creditor take security over assets in Bermuda? Bermuda is a self-governing British Overseas Territory. The systems of law...more

Why Creditors Can’t Afford To Ignore Objections To Bankruptcy Claims

File And Forget? When a customer or other party with which you do business files bankruptcy, it’s important to file a proof of claim on time by the deadline (also known as a “bar date”) set in the case. Once you do, however,...more

“Law of the Flag” Held Not to Apply to Action on Unenforceable Gambling Debt in Florida Bankruptcy Court

In this bankruptcy contract case, the debtor, a cruise vessel operating as a gambling casino, fronted $200,000 to a blackjack gambler who submitted checks for the cash but then stopped payment on the checks. The debtor sued...more

Second Octaviar Chapter 15 Petition Clears Hurdle Set by Second Circuit

In December 2013, the Second Circuit ruled that recognition of a foreign proceeding under chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code required proof that the debtor in the foreign proceeding also met the eligibility standards to be a...more

Recognition of Foreign Judgments in the United States

Every year, thousands of foreign court judgments are brought to U.S. federal and state courts for recognition and enforcement, raising thorny issues for both U.S. and foreign lawyers seeking to obtain, or oppose, recognition....more

Delaware Court of Chancery Rules That a Major Debt Holder and 48 Percent Stockholder Is a Controlling Stockholder and Owes...

In Hamilton Partners, L.P. v. Highland Capital Management, L.P., the Delaware Court of Chancery denied a motion to dismiss breach of fiduciary duty claims brought by former stockholders of American Home Patient, Inc. (AHP)...more

Hold That ReFi! A Reason to Think Twice Before Entering Post-Petition Agreements with Discharged Debtors

After months of phone calls, loan modifications and discussions with borrowers, one finally receives the dreaded bankruptcy notice in the mail. A chapter 7, no-asset case, with the loan listed on the bankruptcy schedules as a...more

Underwriters, Universities and Government Debt Issuers Face a Critical Deadline [Video]

Join Pepper Hamilton in a special webinar examining the latest developments in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (MCDC Initiative), including what...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 25

In this issue: - Delaware Court of Chancery Rules That a Major Debt Holder and 48 Percent Stockholder Is a Controlling Stockholder and Owes Fiduciary Duties to Minority Stockholders - Delaware Court of Chancery...more

U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Clark won’t impact inherited IRAs of Missouri residents

Creditors are generally aware that a debtor may shield from collection by creditors assets that the debtor holds in Individual Retirement Account (IRA). However, as more IRA owners die with substantial assets remaining in...more

Our Neighbors Filed Bankruptcy and Kept Everything. What Will We Lose?

This area of Bankruptcy law deals with a lot of ‘twos.’ There are two components of a Bankruptcy: assets and debts. There are two kinds of debts: dischargeable and non-dischargeable. There are two kinds of assets: exempt...more

Leaving Las Vegas (and Wilmington, too?)

The topic of transfer of bankruptcy venue continues to percolate. There were panels on the topic at both the summer 2013 American Bankruptcy Institute Mid-Atlantic Conference, and the May 2014 annual American Bankruptcy...more

Debtor’s Estate Set To Expand Or Contract Based On Supreme Court Ruling In Clark v. Rameker

Before the Supreme Court this term is the question of whether a beneficiary individual retirement account (an “Inherited IRA”) is exempt from a debtor’s bankruptcy estate under 11 U.S.C. § 522(b)(3)(C) and (d)(12)2 of the...more

Applicability of the Automatic Stay to Serial Chapter 13 Petition Filers

Ordinarily, when a debtor files a chapter 13 bankruptcy petition, the automatic stay is triggered immediately. The stay prohibits lenders from pursuing any claim against the debtor unless they seek and are provided relief...more

Is More Always Better? Are Multiple Forms of General Security Agreement Necessary in Every Cross-Border Financing?

U.S. and Canadian Forms of General Security Agreement. It is not uncommon in cross-border financing transactions to have multiple U.S. and Canadian entities as borrowers or guarantors. In these transactions, there are often...more

A Settlement Agreement's Liquidated Damages Clause That Bears No Reasonable Relationship To Actual Damages Constitutes An...

In Purcell v. Schweitzer (2014) 224 Cal.App.4th 969, the Court of Appeal disapproved of a settlement agreement providing the entire amount in dispute would be due if the debtor breached the agreement. The court determined...more

In re Free Lance-Star Publishing Co.—Virginia Bankruptcy Court Restricts Secured Creditor's Ability to Credit Bid

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (the “Court”) issued an opinion limiting the ability of a “loan to own” secured creditor to credit bid at an auction for the sale of substantially all ...more

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